RECESS | Things to do this week: Start a 'bullet journal,' apply for a scholarship, create holiday crafts

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The Milne Public Library, 1095 Main St., Williamstown, will host a free "Bullet Journaling Workshop," from 1 to 3 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 29. The deadline to register is this Friday, Dec. 22.

The workshop is designed for people age 16 and up, and will teach participants how to set up a bullet journal for the new year. Bullet journaling is an approach for organizing and documenting a busy life, and blends the tools of a calendar, diary and to-do list into one practice in one book. All supplies will be provided.

To learn more or register, email Sam Cesario at or call 413-458-5369.

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The Chang-Chavkin Scholars Program, an innovative college scholarship program for low-income Berkshire County high school students who will be the first in their family to attend college has been announced this week.

Named after its benefactors — Laura Chang and Arnie Chavkin, part-time residents of the Berkshires for over 30 years — the program's scholars are eligible to receive up to $15,000 per year for four years toward the cost of attending an accredited U.S. college or university. The program will provide representatives to help guide scholars and their families through the college application, selection and financial aid process, and also advise and support recipients throughout their time in college to increase their chances of earning a diploma.

Nancy Roseman serves as the programs executive director, and says that in its pilot year, the program is partnering with Drury High School, Wahconah and Monument Mountain regional high schools to identify junior and senior class students as candidates for the scholarship. Interested students should talk to their respective high school guidance counselors to learn more.

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At 11 a.m. this Sunday, the North Adams Movieplex 8, 86 Main St., North Adams, will offer a free screening of the 1990 family holiday hit, "Home Alone" (rated PG), starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. In this 103-minute film, an 8-year-old boy, who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against a pair of bumbling burglars. Info: or 413-663-6300

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The "Fun With Fine Arts" series at Ramsdell Library, 1087 Main St., Housatonic, continues at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, with a free, hour-long "Making Holiday Ornaments" workshop. The library itself will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: 413-274-3738 or

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Berkshire Community College, with sponsorship from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, is offering select students micro-grants to help them pay their past-due debts and stay on track to graduate. The "Guardian Value Scholarship" program identifies students who are in good academic standing but unable to re-enroll due to college debt.

The scholarship can help reduce or remove a student's debt to the college which in turn allows them to register for upcoming spring 2018 classes at BCC.

The maximum value of the scholarship is $1,500. If a student owes more than $1,500, they are expected to pay down the remaining balance of their debt before they can register.

Recipients must agree to take a full course load (12 or more credits) including the college's free Personal Finance (BUS-139) course.

Info: Anne Moore in the Financial Aid office at 413-236-1641. Spring classes begin Jan. 22.


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